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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1985-04-07

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1985-04-07

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Why Don't We Do It In The Road-> Mississippi Half Step-> CC Rider, Bird Song, Dancin' In The Streets, Deal Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, She Belongs To Me-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Day Job

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Seeded by Todd CampbellEAC & SHN by Jim KeithLineage SBD>?>CD (WILL UPDATE)


Seeded by Todd Campbell
EAC & SHN by Jim Keith


Reviewer: Thievius - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2014
Subject: Outstanding
Yeah this is about as good as it gets. The quality is almost Matrix good, the audience has a real presence here. And its a pretty kickin' show to boot.
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2013
Subject: All we need is music..sweet,sweet music
Saw all three shows in Philly..I thought the 3rd night was the best night..I love the 1st set from the 4-8-85 show..but this night all in all was pretty dam good as well..the sound quality is good with a fun set please GIVE IT A WHIRL> 93.3 WMMR..GOD BLESS THE GRATEFUL DEAD!!! Philly Phreaks Unite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2012
Subject: Best SBD source!
There are many different sources to chose from for this show, both SBD and AUD recordings.

This is by far the best soundboard master available, as the other ones sound thin, hissy, and tinny.

Great separation of the instruments and EQ here. Jerry's crisp '85 soloing comes through nicely hear, and the band in general is on fire. A great '85 Dancin' for sure. Despite Jerry's declining health, there are some really smoking shows in '85.

Check out a great quality audience-recorded video of this show at:
Reviewer: takealittletrip - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2011
Subject: Turn it up
This is a very good Aud recording and the energy level is off the hook.
Jerry's voice is rough but his playin makes the grade for sure.
Turn it up loud and hold on ladies and gentleman ITS THE GRATEFUL DEAD!
Reviewer: macmook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2010
Subject: Take me back
streaming these shows we were at is the best. My long lost cassette of this show worn out on smokestack and the incomparable She Belongs to Me - RIP. The SBTM remains one of the highlights of my 100 shows...smiling at Jerry from the back of the crappy Spectrum floor.
Reviewer: Sarvesh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2008
Subject: Happy Easter!
I was the idiot walking around the parking lot with a 5 foot tall purple inflatable Easter Bunny with an "I'm with Phil" sticker across its pal(the rabbit)and I spent the whole day looking for a ticket...about an hour before showtime a guy walks up to me and says he's been watching me make a complete fool of myself all day long and I deserve his extra ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeeeee-Hawwww me and my pal were in! Security looked at me like I was a wierdo...which I guess I was.

What a great show this one was! High energy and a really fun set-list. Jerry was squaking, mumbling and growling but he would make up for it with great solos. When Phil is into it anything might happen!

This recording is great. A lot of SBD's have way too much kick drum, not enough audience, too clean etc, this one is just right!
Reviewer: godblesstheusa76 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2007
Subject: Great Sunday Night Show
This was my last show before starting law school, my best friend and I went with some buddies from Rutgers, great pre-show parking lot party, I remember sitting in car partying away listening to Mickey Hart being interviewed live on local FM station sponsoring the show...Mickey was amazed at all the "colors" the East-Coast Dead Heads displayed

memorable party, memorable trip to philly, memorable show


When Phil came out and teased everyone, then did "do it int he road', you knw it was going to be a long, strange trip indeed!!!!!
Reviewer: lpenoza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2006
Subject: She Belongs to Me
Another fine SBD for the listening pleasure of those who love this era. Yes, Jerry's voice is SHOT, but in 1985, he would often make up for this shortcoming with top-notch guitar playing. He did so on this night, and it shines on one song in particular - She Belongs to Me. They only played this song in 1985, and I caught quite a few live. On this version, both of Jerry's guitar solos are masterpieces of lyrical artistry. Then at the end of the song, instead of belting out the final refrain of "Paint the daytime black" to end the song as he usually did, he gives his spent vocal cords a rest, and digs into Tiger for 10 seconds of Power & Glory that once again reminds me why I love this band.
Reviewer: JuddErin1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2006
Subject: Bird Song
I am surprised no one mentioned the Bird Song. When Dark Star got shelved, some of the Bird Song's were as good as it got for tight, improvisational jamming. The 13:21 length should give you a pretty good idea that they were into it.

Great sound too!
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2006
Subject: goodness
I've had this show for many moons, but just stumbled on it here. THANK YOU Phil, thank you ARCHIVE! It's lot's of Bubbles and Jerr wah wah. not super, but very Fun. No voice? No prob. He had Tiger jammin...high energy, all the boyz hitting their marks - mostly, fine qualitat SB. She belongs to me, sweet. Can't help but smile when this is playin.
Reviewer: Acid Queen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2005
Subject: April 7,1985, Spectrum,Philadelphia, PA
The 'download' of this show is FANTASTIC! I was at this show and I'm happy to say listening to this recording was 'just like a flashback'; I thought I was @ the Spectrum!
Reviewer: TimePilot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2005
Subject: Good Setlist...weak Jerry vox...
It really doesn't matter that Jerry's voice was shot at this point. This is a highly unique setlist (as were many in 85). Great version of WDWDIITR > 1/2 Step...Gimme Some Lovin'-> Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia is the heat. Truckin' has one of those perfect 'peak' moments that you want to hear in every performance.

Sound = 4.5, Setlist = 4.5, Performance = 3.75...4.25 overall.
Reviewer: dsorainbow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2005
Subject: Crisp Show
The sound in this show is very crisp. The Shakedown is completly intune. Very high energy show. Wish i coulda been there...
Reviewer: VTRas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2005
Subject: what you see is what we got
this set list reads like the kind you make up like a kid playing baseball in his backyard is about to win the world series, again. pure fantasy. the show was every bit as tastey as the set lists sound. the boys always delivered in Providence...but this was special delivery to be sure. very electric air...the place was humming with super charched energy and you just knew it was gonna be one of those days...
Reviewer: mpc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2004
this is one of the best shakedowns ever! jerry's singing is a little off...being '85 and all, but the jamming is hot! the rest of the set is all that, but get this for the shakedown and get knee deep in the funk!
Reviewer: One of those good old Grateful Deadheads - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2004
From the insane pre-show energy levels, you could tell this was going to be one of those shows. Phil asks "can you hear me kids ?", what could we do, but shout back in ectasy? By the time of the Morning Dew, all jaws were slack from front to back. A great recording of a truly amazing show, from start to end.
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